Lorraine M. Rusch, PhD, RN
Lorraine M. Rusch, PhD, RN

Lorraine M. Rusch, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
College of Nursing, Omaha Campus

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Nursing - Bachelors

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

As faculty at Creighton University College of Nursing since 2004, Dr. Rusch's teaching, scholarship, and service activities blend to produce a positive and significant impact on the University community, the Nursing profession, my colleagues, and the personal and professional formation of our students.  Her greatest contributions in the past five years include: developing innovative teaching strategies to help students apply knowledge for safe nursing practice; leading team development of two major curricular revisions and quality improvement initiatives in the CON; contributing to University interprofessional education and mission-based service-learning initiatives; and published and funded scholarship that reflects her research and teacing interests.  She has been recognized by students and peers for excellence in teaching, scholarship, service.

 
 

Publications and Presentations

General

  • Hercinger, M., Laughlin, A. Switching gears and sustaining readiness for practice momentum in a pandemic, N/A, 2021
  • Flott, E., Kirkpatrick, M., Williams, J., Ball, S., & Minnich, M. Supporting faculty facilitation of collaborative learning and leadership, N/A, 2021
  • White, N., Kalkowski, J., Galvin, D., Walters, R., Furze, J., Ryan-Haddad, A., Black, L., Flecky, K., Peterson, J., Rusch L. M. Finances First: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Financial Education and Coaching in Low Income, Single Mother Households, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 2021
  • Kirkpatrick, M., Rusch L. M., Williams, J., Minnich, M., Ball, S., et al Fostering Collaborative Learning and Leadership Through Peer Mentorship Among Undergraduate Nursing Students., Nurse Education in Practice, 2020
  • White, N., Packard, K., Flecky, K., Kalkowski, J., Furze, J., Ryan-Haddad, A., Black, L., Rusch, L.M., & Qi, Y. Two Year Sustainability of the Effect of a Financial Education Program on the Health and Wellbeing of Single, Low-Income Women., Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 29(1), 68-74, 2018
  • Kalkowski, J., Packard, K., White, N., Ryan-Haddad, A., Furze, J., Rusch, L. M., Flecky, K., Black, L., Cochran, T., & Stricklett, K. M. Impact of a Financial Success Education Program on Quality of Life and Health in Single, Low-Income Mothers., Journal of Women's Health, 22(3), 32-33, 2013

Articles

  • Manz, J., Hercinger, M., Oertwich, A., & McCafferty, K. Nurse Preceptor Perceptions of Nursing Student Progress Toward Readiness for Practice, Nurse Educator, 44(1), 34-37, 2019
  • McCafferty, K. Schoening, A.M., Hercinger, M., & Manz, J. ( Impact of DEU model on the perceived behaviors and professional attributes of nursing students in a senior capstone practicum., Nurse Education in Practice, 33, 90-93, 2018
  • Beiermann, T., Schoening, A.M., Slone, C. Flott, B., Manz, J., & Miller, J. Defining Roles and Expectations for Faculty, Nurses, & Students in a Dedicated Education Unit, Nurse Educator, 43(1), 14-17, 2018
  • Packard, Kathleen, White, Nicole, Ryan-Haddad, Ann, Furze, Jennifer, Rusch, Lorraine, Flecky, Kathleen, Black, Lisa, Cochran, Teresa, Stricklett, Kate M. Impact of a Financial Success Education Program on Quality of Life and Health in Single, Low-Income Mothers, Journal of Womens Health, 22, 32-33, 2013
  • Supporting Clinical Nursing Leadership and Professional Practice at the Unit Level, Nursing Leadership Forum, 9(2), 61-66, 2004

Presentations

  • Rusch, L. M. & Kokensparger, B. J. (2021) Engaging in the Teaching as Scholarship Journey. Creighton University Teaching & Learning Center. Omaha, NE., 2021
  • Title: Exploring Use of Mobile Health Technology in Heart Failure Self-Care Management: “Heart Health Co-Pilot Program” Objectives: 1. Describe the role and possible impact of mobile health technology in patients with heart failure. 2. Identify how the care partner can be an active participant in the heart failure patient’s plan of care. 3. Discuss both positive aspects and opportunities for growth when collaborating with academic-practice partners in research., 2021
  • Hadenfeldt, C., Rusch, L. M., & Flecky, K. (May 2018). Frailty Assessment in an Urban Homeless Adult Population. Podium Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Tau Chapter, Research Day. Omaha, NE, 2018
  • Hadenfeldt, C., Rusch, L. M., & Flecky, K. (April 2018). Frailty Assessment in an Urban Homeless Adult Population. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Cincinnati, OH., 2018
  • Rusch, L.M, Martens-Stricklett, K., Culhane, D., Ryan-Haddad, A., Reed-Bouley, K. Shada, E. (August 2017).  Project Homeless Connect Omaha: Integrating Social Justice, Service, and Interprofessional Education.  Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference. Seattle, WA., 2017
  • Kirkpatrick, M. & Rusch, L. (2017) Addressing Self-Efficacy and Self-Awareness in Undergraduate Nursing Students Through End-of-Life Simulation. Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 2017
  • Rusch, L. M., Oertwich, A., Schoening, A.M., Hercinger, M., Manz, J., & McCafferty, K. (November, 2015). Quantitative Outcomes of the DEU Clinical Teaching Model. Podium presentation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, BSN Education Conference, Orlando, FL, 2015
  • Empowering Homeless Individuals through an Interprofessional Campus-to-Community Engagement. Podium presentation, Collaborating Across Borders V, Roanoke, VA, 2015
  • POSTER: Rusch, L. M., Oertwich, P. A., Woods, S., Hercinger, M., Manz. J., & McCafferty, K. (May 2015). Preceptor Perceptions of Student Readiness for Preceptorship: Comparison of Two Clinical Models. Poster Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Tau Chapter Research Day. Omaha, NE., 2015
  • POSTER: Kalkowski J, White N, Packard K., Ryan-Haddad A, Furze J, Flecky K, Rusch L. M, Black L, Martens-Stricklett K, Qi Y. (March 2015) Health Effects of Financial Education in Single, Low-Income Women. Poster, Eighth Health Disparities Conference. New Orleans, LA., 2015
  • POSTER: Packard KA, Kalkowski J, White N, Ryan-Haddad A, Furze J, Flecky K, Rusch L. M, Black L, Martens-Stricklett K, Qi Y. (June 2014) A novel financial education program in single women of low-income and their children. Poster, All Together Better Health VII International Conference. Pittsburgh, PA., 2014
  • POSTER: Rusch, L. M. (April 2014) Promoting Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in Clinical Learning Experiences. Poster Presentation, ATI National Nurse Educator Summit. Orlando, FL, 2014
  • Rusch, L. M., Schoening, A.M., Slone, C., Shirley, N. (March 2014) Dedicated Education Unit: Creating New Learning Environments. Podium Presentation, Educational Learning Environments: Enhancing Student Skills and Successes. Creighton University, Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment., 2014
  • POSTER: Rusch, L. M., Matthews, M., Pulverenti, S., Johnson, R. (May 2013). Obesity and Self-Efficacy in Low-Income Women in Omaha, Nebraska. Poster Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Tau Chapter Research Day. Omaha, NE, 2013
  • Rusch, L. M., Flecky, K., Doll, J. (April 2013) Conversations on Student Learning with Others: Interprofessional Community Engagement. Invited Panelist, Creighton University, Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment, 2013
  • POSTER: Rusch, L. M., Todd, M., Oertwich, P. A., Woods, S., Hercinger, M., & Manz. J. (October 2012). External Evaluation of Curriculum: Preceptor Perceptions of Students’ Readiness for Practice. Poster Presentation 39th Annual Professional Nurse Educators Group National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development. Philadelphia, PA., 2012
  • POSTER: Schoening, A.M., Rusch, L.M., & Johnson, S. (May 2012) Nursing Practices Related to Central Venous Line Occlusions in a Pediatric Population. Poster Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Tau Chapter Research Day. Omaha, NE, 2012
  • Schoening, A.M., Rusch, L.M., & Johnson, S. (April 2012). Nursing Practices Related to Central Venous Line Occlusions in a Pediatric Population. Poster Presentation, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Research Day. Omaha, NE., 2012
  • Gillespie N, Packard KA, Kalkowski J, Ryan Haddad A, Furze J, Rusch L, Black L, Cochran T, Flecky K, Martens-Stricklett K, Milloshi R, Qi Y. (February, 2012) Cardiovascular risk factors of women and children in an urban financial education program. Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL., 2012
  • Rusch, L. M. (2011). Exploring Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Experiences with Clinical Preparation, Clinical Reasoning, and Decision Making. Poster Presentations: Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) Conference, 2011
  • Rusch, L. M., Todd, M., Oertwich, P. A., Woods, S., Hercinger, M., & Manz. J. (October 2011). Preceptor Perceptions of Student Readiness for Preceptorship: Innovations in Curriculum Evaluation. Poster Presentation, 38th Annual Professional Nurse Educators Group National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development. Baltimore, MD, 2011
  • Rusch L. M. (2011) Multiple Choice Exam Item Writing. Faculty Development In-services, Creighton SON (CEUs), 2011
  • PODIUM; Rusch, L. M. & Hercinger, M. (2008). Enhancing Patient Education with Informatics: An Internet Health Information Analysis Project. Podium Presentation, 35th Annual Professional Nurse Educators Group National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in Kansas City, MO. October., 2008
  • POSTER: Hercinger, M. & Rusch, L. M. (October 2008). Educating Beyond the Clinical Setting: A Care Management Focus. Poster Presentation. 35th Annual Professional Nurse Educators Group National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development (PNEG) in Kansas City, MO, 2008
  • A Tool for Planning Effective Clinical Conferences. Podium presentation, International Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies. Breckenridge, CO., 2007

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Nursing Education: Development of and Assessment of Clinical Reasoning & Decision Making Interprofessional Health Education; Adult Cardiac Health

Current Research Projects

  • Heart Failure Health Maintenance; Teaching Strategies that promote readiness for practice

Grant Funding Received

  • Packard KA, Kalkowski J, Ryan Haddad A, Furze J, Rusch L. M., Black L, Cochran T, Flecky K, Martens-Stricklett K, Milloshi R, Qi Y.
  • Development of Palliative Care Competence Using Simulation in Undergraduate Nursing Students Kirkpatrick, M., McCandless, M., Rusch, L., Wichman, C.
  • Doctoral Dissertation: Exploring Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Experiences with Clinical Preparation, Clinical Reasoning, and Decision Making. Villanova University College of Nursing
  • Rusch, L. M., Schoening, A. M., Slone, C., Shirley, N. Dedicated Education Unit: Creating New Learning Environments. Creighton University, Office of Academic Excellence and Assessment
  • Cochran T., Black L., Ryan-Haddad A., Flecky K, Gale JR, Rusch L. M., Martens Stricklett K, Conneally J. Developing a Comprehensive Wellness Program with Older Adults: A Community-Campus Partnership. LeadingAge Innovations Fund
  • Kalkowski J, Packard KA, White N, Black L, Flecky K, Furze J, Ryan Haddad A, Peterson J, Rusch L. “Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative Study: Finances First Longitudinal Extension, Durability of Health Benefits and Impact on Cardiovascular Risk of the Financial Success Program in Single Mothers of Low Income. Jan 2020-Dec 2020, Weitz Family Foundation Grant Awarded $50,000, Co-Investigator 10% participation.
  • Kalkowski J, Packard KA, White N, Black L, Flecky K, Furze J, Ryan Haddad A, Peterson J, Rusch L. “Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative Study: Finances First Longitudinal Extension, Durability of Health Benefits and Impact on Cardiovascular Risk of the Financial Success Program in Single Mothers of Low Income. Jan 2020-Dec 2020, Weitz Family Foundation Grant Awarded $50,000, Co-Investigator 10% participation.
  • Packard, K., White, N., Kalkowski, J., Furze, J., Ryan-Haddad, A., Rusch L., Flecky, K., Black, L. (2017) Finances First: A Health Intervention in Low Income Single Mother Households. Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Awarded $399,000. Level of Participation & Role: 10%, Co-Investigator, Steering Committee Member
  • Rusch, L. M., Flott, E., Kirkpatrick, M., Minnich, M., Williams, J. (2020). Exploring Effective Practices and Outcomes for Collaborative Learning and Leadership Teaching Strategies. Creighton University, Teaching and Learning Center Development Grant, Awarded $1300
  • Rusch, L. M., Flott, E., Cosimano, A. (2019). Exploring use of Mobile Health Technology in Heart Failure Self-Care Management. Creighton University, Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund, Awarded full amount $15,000

Awards and Honors

  • “40 Under 40” Nebraska Nursing Leaders, Nebraska Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing, 2012
  • 2014 Positive Image of Nursing Award, Nebraska Nurses Association , 2014
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Undergraduate Classroom Instruction, Creighton University College of Nursing, 2013
  • 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Nursing Education Research Section, 2012
  • John P. Schlegel, SJ, Diversity Award for Excellence & Innovation, Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service & Education (OISSE) , 2011
  • Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau, Iota Tau Chapter , 2010
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty, Creighton University College of Nursing, 2010
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty, Creighton University College of Nursing, 2008
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Villanova University , 2010
  • Doctoral Student Moderator, National League for Nursing, 2009
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Pacific Lutheran University, 2014
  • Tyler Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Pacific Lutheran University, 2003
  • 2019 Outstanding Nurse Educator, Nebraska Nurses Association, 2018
  • Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch Research Award, Iota Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society , 2017
  • DAISY Faculty Award Nominee, Creighton University, College of Nursing Students, 2018
  • DAISY Faculty Award Nominee, Creighton University, College of Nursing Students, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker--Member Induction Ceremony, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Iota Tau Chapter , 2016
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Undergraduate Classroom Instruction, Creighton University College of Nursing Undergraduate Class of 2019, 2019
  • Distinguished Educator in Teaching as Scholarship Award, Creighton University, 2021
  • DAISY Faculty Award Nominee, Creighton University, College of Nursing Students, 2019
  • DAISY Faculty Award Nominee, Creighton University, College of Nursing Students, 2020